Judicial Ethics

  • New York Law Journal

    Judicial Ethics Opinion 22-166

    By Committee on Judicial Ethics | September 21, 2023

    Where a part-time attorney judge unknowingly arraigned a defendant who was a complaining witness against one of the judge's clients in an unrelated case, but then, on discovering the conflict, immediately transferred the matter to the co-judge and notified all parties, the judge need not take any further action.

    4 minute read

  • New York Law Journal

    Is It Ethical for a Family Court Judge To Make Decisions After a Custody Trial?

    By Toby Kleinman and Daniel Pollack | September 21, 2023

    Where a judge, absent a jury has listened to the testimony, heard the evidence, determined the credibility of parties and witnesses, and made a determination in a child custody case, one may wonder if continuing on a case thereafter dealing with similar issues, opens the door for a reasonable person to question a judge's ability to remain impartial.

    9 minute read

  • New York Law Journal

    Judicial Ethics Opinion 22-165

    By Committee on Judicial Ethics | September 20, 2023

    A full-time judge who participated in writing a screenplay before assuming judicial office (1) may be credited by name as a writer in the ensuing fictional film, notwithstanding that the judge's contributions were based on the judge's prior unsuccessful efforts to seek judicial office and other experiences but (2) may not participate in a question and answer session following the screening of the film, even in an academic setting.

    5 minute read

  • New Jersey Law Journal

    Judge Draws Sanction for Work on Client's Estate After Taking Bench

    By Charles Toutant | September 20, 2023

    In imposing the censure, the New Jersey Supreme Court opted for the strictest form of punishment available short of a suspension from office.

    3 minute read

  • National Law Journal

    Federal Circuit's Judicial Council Upholds Judge Newman's Suspension

    By Avalon Zoppo | September 20, 2023

    "We all would prefer a different outcome for our friend and colleague," the council wrote. "However, we have a solemn obligation...."

    4 minute read

  • New York Law Journal

    Judicial Ethics Opinion 22-164

    By Committee on Judicial Ethics | September 19, 2023

    (1) A judge must report an attorney who, on learning that a non-party would only honor a judicial subpoena, personally signed a subpoena above the judge's name and served it on the non-party. However, reporting may wait until the conclusion of the case.

    8 minute read

  • New York Law Journal

    Judicial Ethics Opinion 22-163

    By Committee on Judicial Ethics | September 18, 2023

    May a full-time judge, who has independently written and published a bench book, sell copies of that book to the supervising judge of another court in the Unified Court System for distribution to judges in that court?

    2 minute read

  • New York Law Journal

    Judicial Ethics Opinion 22-162

    By Committee on Judicial Ethics | September 17, 2023

    (1) Once a judge's first-degree non-lawyer relative, a college student, accepts an internship with a private law firm, the judge must disclose the relationship when the law firm appears before the judge and determine whether the relative has or had any involvement with the case. If the relative is or was involved in the case, the judge is disqualified, subject to remittal if the judge's relative will remain permanently absent from the courtroom. Otherwise, if the relative had no involvement, the judge may preside after disclosure, provided the judge can be fair and impartial.

    7 minute read

  • Daily Report Online

    Witnesses Take Stand During Judge's Ethics Hearing

    By Cedra Mayfield | September 15, 2023

    "During your time being employed at the clerk's office with Judge Peterson, has she ever gone over with or trained you on the Uniform Rules of the Probate Court?," asked Judicial Qualifications Commission Director Courtney Veal.

    8 minute read

  • Daily Business Review

    JQC Brings Multiple Charges Against Florida Judge

    By Michael A. Mora | September 15, 2023

    "The Jacobs case illustrates the perils of an improvident and incendiary campaign strategy," said Anthony V. Alfieri, the director of the Center for Ethics and Public Service at the University of Miami School of Law.

    4 minute read

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